Status Report

SPACEWARN Bulletin 587

By SpaceRef Editor
October 1, 2002
Filed under ,

All information in this publication was received between
1 September 2002 and 30 September 2002.

A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates (UTC).

USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.

    INT.ID    CAT. #      NAME                   DATE (UT)
   2002-046A    (27534)  Nadezhda 7       26 September 2002
   2002-045A    (27531)  Progress M1-9    25 September 2002
   2002-044A    (27528)  Hispasat 1D      18 September 2002
   2002-043A    (27525)  Metsat 1         12 September 2002
   2002-042B    (27516)  DRTS             10 September 2002
   2002-042A    (27515)  USERS            10 September 2002
   2002-041A    (27513)  Intelsat 906     06 September 2002

B. Text of Launch Announcements.

2002-046A Nadezhda 7,
also called Nadezhda-M, is a Russian navigational
satellite that was launched by a Cosmos-3M rocket from Plesetsk at
15:30 UT on 26 September 2002. It will participate in the
international search-and-rescue network known as COSPAS-SARSAT, for
ships at sea. Initial orbital parameters were period 102 min, apogee
1,022 km, perigee 987 km, and inclination 83°.
2002-045A Progress M1-9,
also known as Progress 9P, is a Russian automatic
cargo transportation craft that was launched by a Soyuz-U rocket
from Baikonur at 16:58 UT on 25 September 2002, to deliver food,
fuel, and supplies to the International Space Station, ISS. It docked
with the Zvezda module of the ISS on 29 September and delivered the
material. Prior to the docking, the port was vacated by the earlier
Progress-M46, carrying with it trash from the ISS, to deorbit and
burn away during re-entry. Initial orbital parameters of Progress M1-9
were period 90.6 min, apogee 323.5 km, perigee 281.5 km, and
inclination 51.64°.
2002-044A Hispasat 1D
is a Spanish geostationary communications spacecraft
that was launched by an Atlas 2AS/Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral
at 22:04 UT on 18 September 2002. The 3.3 tonne, 7.0 kW satellite
carries three antennas looking in different directions to provide
video, data and internet services to Europe, North America, and
North Africa through its 28 Ku-band transponders after parking over
30°W longitude alongside of Hispasats 1A, 1B, and 1C.
2002-043A Metsat 1
is an Indian (ISRO) meteorological, geostationary satellite
that was launched by an upgraded, four-stage PSLV-C4 rocket from
Sriharikota in the southeast coast of India at 10:24 UT on
12 September 2002. The triaxially-stabilized, 1,050 kg (including
560 kg of propellant), 550 W satellite carries a VHRR (Very High
Resolution Radiometer) scanning radiometer for three-band images: one in
the visible, the second in the thermal infrared and the third in the
water vapor infrared bands, each at a spatial resolution of 2-km x 2-km
resolution, to obtain atmospheric cloud cover, water vapor and
temperature. It carries also a Data Relay Transponder (DRT) to
provide data from fixed/mobile ground level weather platforms.
It was maneuvered from the transfer orbit to a geostationary at
37°E longitude on 16 September, and then to the final parking at
74°E longitude on 24 September. More details may be seen in
2002-042B DRTS
is Japanese (Data Relay Transponder Satellite) geostationary
communications spacecraft that was launched by an H 2A rocket from
Tanegashima Island in Japan at 08:20 UT on 10 September 2002. The
nearly cubical (2.2 m x 2.4 m x 2.2 m) 2.8 tonne (with fuel), 2.1 kW (from
a 17 square-meter array) spacecraft will relay images and data procured
by the to-be-launched ADEOS 2 and ALOS satellites, and the KIBO
module on ISS, through its S- and Ka-band transponders, after
parking over 90°E.
2002-042A USERS
(Unmanned Space Experiment Recovery System) is a Japanese
microgravity experimental satellite that was launched by an H 2A
rocket from Tanegashima Island in Japan at 08:20 UT on 10 September
2002. The 1.7 tonne (with fuel), 700 W satellite consists of a
Re-Entry Module (REM) and a Service Module (SEM) that will provide
power and a communications link to the REM. In turn, REM consists of
a Re-Entry Vehicle (REV) and a Propulsion Module (PM). After 8.5 months
in orbit, REM will be separated to deorbit and the REV will
soft-land with its contents. The SEM will be elevated to a higher
orbit. Initial orbital parameters of the USERS were period 94.9 min,
apogee 519 km, perigee 504 km, and inclination 30.9°.
2002-041A Intelsat 906
is a geostationary communications spacecraft of the
international Intelsat consortium (recently privatized as Intelsat
Ltd.) that was launched by an Ariane 44L rocket from Kourou at 06:44 UT
on 6 September 2002. It will provide internet, telephony and
television broadcasts to Europe, Asia, and Australia through its 72 C- and
22 Ku-band transponders after parking over 64 deg-E
longitude. It displaces Intelsat 804 which will then be moved
to 176°E to handle the increased cross-Atlantic demand.

C. Spacecraft Particularly Suited for International Participation

  1. Spacecraft with essentially continuous radio beacons on frequencies
    less than 150 MHz, or higher frequencies if especially suited for ionospheric
    or geodetic studies. (NNSS denotes U.S. Navy Navigational
    Satellite System. Updates or corrections to the list are possible only with
    information from the user community.)

    The full list appeared in SPX 545.
    The list will not be repeated in future issues until significantly revised again.

  2. Global Positioning System satellites useful for navigational
    purposes and geodetic studies.

    High precision (<20 cm) GPS constellation tracking data obtained from
    the network of about 80 dedicated global stations that are of interest to
    geodetic study may be obtained through the following services provided
    by the International Association of Geodesy (IGS)

         FTP:  [directory /igscb]

    The standard format of the GPS situation appeared in SPX-518. It will not
    be repeated since an excellent source of trajectory- and science-related GPS information is at:

    It provides many links to GPS related databases.

  3. Russian Global Navigational (Positioning) Spacecraft, GLONASS
    constellation. (SPACEWARN requests updates/additions from readers to this list.)

    All GLONASS spacecraft are in the general COSMOS series. The COSMOS numbers
    (nnnn) invoked by USSPACECOM have often differed from the numbers (NNNN)
    associated in Russia; when different, the USSPACECOM COSMOS numbers are shown
    in parentheses. The corresponding GLONASS numbers are Russian numbers, followed
    by the numbers in parentheses that are sometimes attributed to them outside

    The operating frequencies in MHz are computed from the channel number K.
    Frequencies (MHz) = 1602.0 + 0.5625K and L2 = 1246.0 + 0.4375K.

    The standard format of the GLONASS situation appeared in SPX-545. It
    will not be repeated in view of the excellent updated source at:
    maintained by the Coordinational
    Scientific Information Center (CSIC),Russian Space Forces.

    The latest addition to the GLONASS fleet are Cosmos 2380, Cosmos 2381, and
    Cosmos 2382.

  4. Visually bright objects.

    A comprehensive list of visually bright objects with their two-line
    orbital elements is available from USSPACECOM, via a NASA site:
    The list, however, does not include visual magnitudes, but are expected
    to be brighter than magnitude 5.

  5. Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B)
    only. No further information is available.

    Designations         Common Name                  Decay Date (2002)
    2002-045B (27532)  R/B Soyuz-U                         27 September
    2002-006B (27379)  R/B Atlas 3B/Centaur                24 September
    1979-020A (11285)  INTERCOSMOS 19                      23 September
    1999-043E (25887)  R/B(1) Delta 2                      21 September
    1985-061A (15909)  MOLNIYA 3-25                        21 September
    1987-048D (18086)  R/B(2) that launched COSMOS 1849    19 September
    2002-005F (27377)  R/B Delta 2                         16 September
    1993-007C (22448)  R/B NAVSTAR 30 (PAM-D)              11 September
  6. 60-day Decay Predictions.

    The USSPACECOM forecasts and maintains a
    list of decays of orbiting objects expected in the next 60 days , with fair
    accuracy. The list may be accessed through a NASA site as follows:

    1. Go to
    2. Select “OIG Main Page”.
    3. Select “Send Message to System administrator”, who will provide a login account.
    4. After getting an ID and a Password, click on “Registered User Login”.
      (Step (2) is not needed after obtaining an account.)
    5. Select “Continue”.
    6. Select “General information”.
    7. Select “Reports”.
    8. Select “Sixty Day Decay…”.

    Note: The login requirement is enforced due to the events on 11 September 2001.

  7. Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
    are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
    SPACEWARN Bulletin.)

  8. Related NSSDC resources.

    NSSDC/WDC for Satellite Information is an archival center for science
    data from many spacecraft. Many space physics datasets are on-line for
    electronic access through:

    For off-line data, please contact the Request Office, NSSDC, Code 633,
    NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, U.S.A., for specific information
    Information on the current status of the instruments on board from the
    investigators will be most welcomed. Precomputed trajectory files
    and orbital parameters of many magnetospheric and heliospheric science-payload
    spacecraft may be obtained from:

    Other files interest for Earth-centered spacecraft can be generated through the URL,

    Programs related to the heliospheric spacecraft trajectories can be executed
    through the URL,

    Magnetospheric, Planetary, and Astronomical science data from many spacecraft
    may be accessed through links from the URL:

SpaceRef staff editor.